GUELPH, Ont. - Matt Maccarone (Whitby, Ont.) would be the only goal scorer in the shootout for either team as the No. 6-nationally ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (9-1-1) defeated the Guelph Gryphons (7-5-1) 3-2 at the Gryphon Centre Area.

"It was an ugly win tonight, but we're happy to get the two points from a very hardworking Guelph team," said head coach Kelly Nobes, following the teams ninth win of the season. "We will look to make a few adjustments to our game in preparation for Brock."

The match started off with the Golden Hawks scoring on their first power play opportunity just five minutes into the first period. Colin Williams (Orangeville, Ont.) scored, while Jeff Oginski (St. Albert, Alta.) was in the box for a cross checking infraction. Laurier continued to play a high pressure offense which led to Mark Voakes (St. Thomas, Ont.) scoring his fourth of the season from Ryan Bernardi (Etobicoke, Ont.) and Tyler Townsend (Tavistock, Ont.).

The second period saw Laurier get started on the wrong foot with Adam Maccarone (Whitby, Ont.) taking a double minor for hooking and holding just two minutes in. The Gryphons would be unable to captialize with the man-advantage, but took the momentum from the Hawks and had Mark Pawlowski (Mississauga, Ont.) score at the half way point in the period to cut the visitor's lead to one. Guelph would get into penalty trouble and take three straight minors to curb their offense towards the end of the period.

Laurier was shocked by the Gryphons just 39 seconds into the third period as Michael Nelson (Stratford, Ont.) would tie the game on an unassisted marker. The goal would send the game into overtime. The extra period resolved nothing for either team and the match moved to the shootout.

"I put Maccarone in on the shootout because he was three for three in practice yesterday." commented Nobes on the shootout winner.

Hawk goalie Jeff MacDougald (Shallow Lake, Ont.) faced 28 shots through the four periods of play and turned away all-comers in the shootout. His counterpart, Andrew Arklie (Dugald, Man.) saw 30 shots in the loss. Each team had eight infractions a-piece for 43 minutes of penalties. Laurier went 1-8 with the man-advantage while Guelph went 0-8.

Source: Golden Hawks Athletics